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Preview: From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015 With Julie Andrews Video

24 December 2014 9:07 AM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: Merry Christmas Eve! Happy Hanukkah!Stage and screen legend Julie Andrews returns for the sixth time to host the festive annual From Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015 with the Vienna Philharmonic, under the direction of Zubin Mehta, from Vienna’s Musikverein.  The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna State Ballet return for the beloved annual tradition against the joyful backdrop of the scenic cityThis Year Conducted by Zubin Mehta, On Thirteen’s Great Performances Thursday, January 1 at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Et on PBS From PBS/ThirteenFrom Vienna: The New Year’s Celebration 2015, featuring the infectious melodies of the Strauss Family and […] »

- April Neale

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Don Mischer Receives His Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

11 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s probably just as well that Don Mischer’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will be planted in concrete on Dec. 11, since he has run out of space on his mantle for yet another award. The highly decorated producer-director already has 15 Emmys, a record 10 DGA awards, two NAACP Image Awards, a Peabody and a raft of others.

“My wife doesn’t want any more around the house,” he admits, “so they’re mostly at the office.”

The 74-year-old industry veteran spends as much time at Don Mischer Prods. as ever, and has little interest in either retiring or resting on his laurels, which include some 200 producing and directing credits ranging from the 2009 Obama Inaugural Celebration to the Oscars, the Emmys, the Olympics, the Kennedy Center Honors and the Super Bowl halftime shows starring the likes of Prince, the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney.

Instead, he’s focused on his latest project, »

- Iain Blair

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Hans Zimmer Tribute at the Annenberg Raises $1.2 Million for Israel Philharmonic

17 July 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Two giants in their respective fields, Hans Zimmer and Zubin Mehta, held court Wednesday night at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, where Zimmer was bestowed a lifetime achievement award by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, for which Mehta is co-chairman and holds the post of music director for life.

But it was Zimmer — perhaps the closest thing to a mogul in the scoring realm — who was clearly humbled by the honor. “I was a little nervous about a world-class orchestra playing Schubert (Symphonia N° 8, Unfinished) and Zimmer, and Schubert is a real composer,” Zimmer told Variety. “And just seeing how they really knew my stuff and they loved it. There was this bond.”

The lavish, black-tie affair — consisting of a concert by the orchestra of mostly Zimmer movie compositions, and a Wolfgang Puck-catered supper in the Center’s courtyard afterward — raised approximately $1.2 million for the Israel Philharmonic, »

- Steve Chagollan

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Hans Zimmer Tunes Up for Charity

7 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Supporting an orchestra would seem like a natural fit for an Oscar-winning composer like Hans Zimmer, but the history behind the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra creates a more personal connection to the music man.

The product of the joint vision of Fredric Mann and the organization’s current music director Zubin Mehta, who responded to the lack of Israeli government subsidy or endowment for the orchestra, the mission for American Friends was solidified in 1980.

The two created an endowment fund in the United States for the orchestra, founded in 1936, and the non-profit now operates with the goal of sustaining the orchestra’s financial future, supporting its educational programs and broadening its reach.

On July 16, the Friends will honor Zimmer with its first lifetime achievement award at the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.

The event will feature Mehta and members of the orchestra, who »

- Andrea Seikaly

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